Sixth Avenue West Viaduct, 1966

June 22, 1966

Sixth Avenue West viaduct and downtown Duluth, June 22, 1966. (Charles Curtis / Duluth Herald)

This viaduct didn’t have long to live at the time this photo was taken. Within a couple years, demolition work would begin as the railyards began their several-decades-long transition to today’s Interstate 35, among other projects. There’s a lot to see in this photo by zooming in, including:

The North Star Marine pilot service building.


A "clear-cut" few blocks where buildings have been razed for the Gateway redevelopment project. The News Tribune building stands just below City Hall on the right side of this view, on the edge of the construction along Fifth Avenue West.


Passenger cars waiting in the rail yards.


A car hiding under the viaduct, and a welcome sign of some kind on which the rest of the text is just barely unreadable.


The viaduct started coming down in late 1967, starting with the ramp that led down to lower Fifth Avenue West (which had its own, more modern viaduct):

A shovel begins the task of demolishing the viaduct from Fifth to Sixth avenues West on December 13, 1967. (News-Tribune file photo)


The main viaduct structure came down in 1968, as seen in this photo:


Here are some past Attic entries on Twin Ports bridges:

Arrowhead Bridge

Interstate Bridge

Lake Avenue Bridge

Share your memories of the Sixth Avenue West viaduct, the railyards or anything else in these photos by posting a comment.

– Andrew Krueger

4 Responses

  1. Marion W

    My Dad ran a tiny lunch counter at 6th Av W. and Michigan St. during the Depression. An elderly homeless man who swept floors for him in exchange for Bean Soup, Coffee and Swedish Rye bread (the entire menu) lived under the Viaduct, and once changed into new Christmas gift Long johns there during a blizzard, after receiving them from Dad.

  2. local boy

    I remeber when it was being torn down. There was a sign nailed up on the corner bend that said, “Prepare to meet thy God”. I rememer seeing it every time we went on the bridge. I asked the work man if I could have it and he threw it to me. I still have it.

  3. Kent

    The “clear cut view” shows the location now occupied by the Duluth Public Library. To the left is the Soo Line Railroad Passenger depot which is where the Gateway Towers now stands.

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